Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 24, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Kudos

The second round of voting is now open for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards. Congratulations to Yvonne Ventresca. Her book PANDEMIC is one of the six books on the “Atlantic” short list. If you are an SCBWI Member login and vote for you favorite book in your region.



Congratulations to Laurie Wallmark. Laurie’s book ADA BYRAN LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE will launch on October 13th this year, but it is available to pre-order on Amazon. Notice that April Chu illustrated the book. April was featured on Illustrator Saturday March 2, 2013 Great job, April. LOVE THE COVER!

REVIEW: What a fascinating story! This vividly-written, gorgeously illustrated picture book biography brings to life the personality and amazing accomplishments of the astonishing 19th century female mathematician who conceived of the idea of computer programming long before there were even computers and is literally the “mother of computer science.” I can’t wait to share it with my students!
— Carol Simon Levin, Youth Services Librarian and Historical Impersonator of “Fascinating Women History Forgot”


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April 24, 25, and 26 – Summer 2015: Color and Nature by Michelle Kogan opens the 11th season for Studio b. Gallery. Here is the address:

Studio b. Gallery
114 N. Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Friday noon to 8:00 pm – Saturday 10:00 to 8:00 pm – Sunday non to 6:00 pm.

All hours are EST.


Ruta Rimas has been promoted to senior editor at Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Siena Koncsol has joined Harlequin Teen as publicity manager. Previously she was a publicist at S&S Children’s.

Domenica Alioto is being promoted to senior editor for Crown.

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock has joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate literary agent. She was previously an assistant at Trident Media Group.

Congratulations everyone!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congrats to Laurie and April! It looks like a great book.


  2. Huge Congratulations to Yvonne…so happy to see one of our NJ authors in the finalists. And, I am already in love with the cover of Laurie’s book. Can’t wait to read it! Congrats. to another CRESTON BOOKS author.


  3. What a beautiful cover. Sounds like a marvelous book!


  4. Looks like a very rich book in both subject and art, congrats to both Laurie and April for Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine!

    And thanks Kathy for including my painting exhibit!


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